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Shipyard closure hits nearly 500 jobs  8th March 1963


Shipyard closure hits nearly 500 jobsAfter the first stunning blow caused by the closure, literally at a moment's notice on Friday, of the Appledore shipyards of P K Harris & Sons Ltd, there has been much activity aimed at getting them reopened.

Mr J E Williams, who has been appointed by Lloyds Bank as Receiver, at the request of the directors, is examining the position.  Throughout Mr Percy Browne, MP who is convalescing at his London home, has been in close touch with the problem, as have other local leaders.

P K Harris & Sons Ltd regret to announce that circumstances have compelled them to virtually suspend operations at their shipyard.

For many the tragedy was intensified in that the area's other shipyard - that of M W Blackmore & Sons Ltd - which was Bideford's largest employer of labour, is in voluntary liquidation and is likely to close at the end of this month.

Mr G Maddock, (manager of the Bideford Employment Exchange) described the new closure as "a very sad blow."

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